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Submitted by ub on Sat, 08/27/2011 - 11:40
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IRENE GETTING CLOSER. Arrives Sunday Morning.

SLIGHTLY WEAKER. Will Rock New York.

PREPARE FOR WORST. Dangerous Flooding Conditions.

TRANSIT SHUTDOWN - BRIDGE TOLLS SUSPENDED. Whitestone, Throgsneck...etc.

BIG APPLE. Bug Vibes About The Wrath of Hurricane Irene.

Rescheduled City Island Concert

Submitted by ub on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 23:11
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Irene is heading toward our shores and is expected to hit New York Sunday. This is a serious threat with the very real potential to inflict damage to our communities. Senator Klein urges all of us to follow precautions so that together we may limit any damage that Irene may cause.

The MTA will begin suspending all subway and bus services tomorrow at noon. Please note that the Alive N Kickin Concert scheduled for August 29th at 7:00 PM at Ambrosini Field on City Island will be rescheduled for Wedsneday August 31st at 7:00 PM due to Irene.

NYGB

Submitted by ub on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 22:30
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Due to the approaching storm, NY Botanical Gardens will be closed this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28. Science Open House events will be rescheduled to a future date.

Also, if you see this dangerous plant anywhere, be careful it's a Hogweed and make sure you take any and all additional precautions. Do not touch this plant.

PROTECTED SHARK

Submitted by ub on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 22:03

Great White Shark Caught Illegally--Video
A group of fishermen caught a juvenile great white shark off a Huntington Beach, Calif., pier and can be seen jubilantly celebrating their capture on a video posted to YouTube.

However, great whites are protected -- perhaps the very reason the fishermen may have tried to obscure the nature of their catch by proclaiming it a "beautiful mako shark."

http://email.hbinc.com/n.asp?n=261575&sid=2741&eid=673229&cat=News

NYC.GOV

Submitted by ub on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:52

Due to high web traffic, NYC.GOV websites are experiencing technical issues and may not load in your web browser. The City says they are currently working to fix this problem.

Please find attached PDF files of the Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City guide, which includes important information about what to do before, during, and after a storm, as well as a map of the City's hurricane evacuation zones and centers.

https://attachments.sendwordnow.com/Attachments.aspx?token=b5bfde88-da8…

HURRICANE PREPARATION EFFORTS

Submitted by ub on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:18
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IRENE is a big and powerful storm, which has not been seen in the NY Metropolitan area for decades. Officials say our greatest threat will come from powerful winds and severe flooding conditions.

HURRICANE IRENE WARNING

Submitted by ub on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 20:19
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HURRICANE IRENE IS EXPECTED TO BRING TORRENTIAL RAINS AND MAJOR FLOODING.
FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT.

TRANSIT STOP

Submitted by ub on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 15:31

Mass transit officials in New York City plan to to shut down the system on Saturday at 12 Noon.

With Hurricane Irene pushing uo the East Coast, officials made plans to shut down NYC bus and subway system beginning at noon on Saturday. Those commuter rails, which serve Long Island, Westchester County and The State of Connecticut will also stop.

Public safety officials decided on the transit shutdown, as NYC evacuated hospitals and nursing homes in low-lying areas.

CITY ISLAND EVACUATION CENTER

Submitted by ub on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 14:39
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If you need to evacuate to a nearby location. The following is a recommended center;

HARRY S. TRUMAN HS 750 BAYCHESTER AVENUE BRONX, NY # 10475

CROSS STREETS:Between DONIZETTI PLACE and ALDRICH STREET

DIRECTIONS:

Limited parking, therefore evacuees are encouraged to use public transit whenever possible.

Use the MTA Trip Planner (below) for directions to a transit-accessible evacuation center.

Use the MTA Trip Planner (below) for public transit directions to your evacuation center.

Parking may not be available. Evacuees are strongly advised to use public transit.

HURRICANE FYI

Submitted by ub on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 14:22
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Hurricane Irene is making her way up the eastern United States. There is a strong chance the New York metropolitan area will experience hurricane or tropical storm, including flooding.

While the possibility of major damage is low, I urge you to take a moment today to evaluate your level of preparedness. There is a way to see if you live in a "high-risk" area. Just click, enter your address, and you will know if you are in a risky zone where the storm could pass heavily.

http://gis.nyc.gov/oem/he/index.htm